News In Brief

This Week:

The first DramaLab of the Spring Term was held on the evening of April 8 in the Theater Classroom. The performance included skits and a comedy show.

In celebration of Andover surpassing this year’s goal of having 2,022 donors donate on PA Giving Day, two ice cream trucks were brought to campus on April 8 for all students. Students were treated to free ice cream.

Becky Dowling Calder ’94 visited campus on April 11. After graduating from Andover as “one of the most decorated student-athletes,” she enrolled at the U.S. Naval Academy and later became the first woman to graduate from TOPGUN (the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program), according to an email from Lisa Joel, Director of Athletics.

On April 9, the Deans Team sent out an email announcing that all members of the Andover community must wear masks in indoor spaces. The email also announced that the Den Dance would be canceled, and dorm visitations would be stopped. Two days later, in an email to Andover students and families, Head of School Dr. Raynard Kington outlined updated Covid-19 protocols including ramped up Covid-19 testing, due to a significant increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few days, including 34 students testing positive during the latest round of campus-wide testing.

Looking Ahead:

Beginning on April 15 and continuing throughout the following week, the Phillips Academy Sustainability Coalition (PASC) is hosting programming all week-long to celebrate Earth Day. Events include a showcase and celebration of student artwork, an Earth Festival, and a climate creative writing café with Karen Tei Yamashita—a fiction writer, playwright, and recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters.

There will be no classes or athletic practices on April 18 in recognition of Patriots’ Day, a holiday that commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, two of the first battles of the American Revolution.